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Contests and Concerts Highlight Another Week of Family Fun

From a french-fry sculpting contest to a Gordon Lightfoot concert, Ocean City’s calendar of special events is filled with more family fun this week.


Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays continues at 10:30 a.m. July 13 at the Ocean City Music Pier with a french-fry sculpting contest. No advance registration is required for this free family event. The July 20 edition of Wacky Wednesday will bring Christmas in July.

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 14. The market features the best of fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors. 

Family Night on Thursday, July 14 will bring a variety of bands and entertainers to the Ocean City Boardwalk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the event will continue on Thursdays through the season. On Tuesday, July 19, Mummers Night will return to the Boardwalk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with string bands providing entertainment. 


The Ocean City Pops will present Star Wars and Beyond at 7:30 p.m. July 17 at the Ocean City Music Pier. With a career that spans seven decades, John Williams has helped to create some of the most memorable moments of the silver screen. Maestro Vince Lee will lead an expanded Ocean City Pops orchestra in selections from “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.” and so much more. Bring the whole family, and don’t miss the pre-concert events featuring characters from the movies. For tickets, visit, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

The 2022 Summer Concert Series on the Music Pier will continue at 7 p.m. Monday, July 18 with the legendary Gordon Lightfoot in concert. The singer-songwriter topped the charts with hits like “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” “Rainy Day People” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Check the Music Pier Box Office (or Ticketmaster) for ticket availability or call 609-399-6111. 


The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will continue its family-friendly theatrical series on Tuesday, July 19 with a performance of “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience.”

The show is a rock-and-roll parable with a significant message for today’s audiences. It’s based on the hit children’s book by Mo Willems. Shows are 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

All Tickets are $10, with a $12 day-of price, so make sure to buy them in advance! Visit the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, call 609-399-6111 or log onto for more information and to purchase tickets.


The top women lifeguards in southern New Jersey will compete for bragging rights in the Ocean City Beach Patrol Women’s Invitational at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. This year the event will move downtown and be held on the beach at 12th Street, where beach and boardwalk visitors can watch the women compete in swimming, running, rowing and paddleboarding events.


This year’s Night in Venice theme is “Mummers: Struttin’ by the Bay,” and the boat parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23 from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. This year’s grand marshals will be Jay Wright, who recently retired as Villanova University’s men’s basketball team, and his wife, Patty. A fireworks display goes off at 9 p.m.

The Bayside Center at 520 Bay Avenue will be open with family entertainment and activities, and tickets are on sale now. The viewing area will include a picnic spot, a snack stand sponsored by Ocean City Junior Raiders Football and Cheer, face-painting, a DJ, bleacher seating and live entertainment by the Uptown String Band. Ticket prices will be $4 for children (12-and-under) and $8 for adults. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided until the parade arrives and it will resume until the fireworks start.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at welcome centers throughout town. Admission is limited, so don’t wait to make your purchase.

Tickets are also on sale for two concerts on Night in Venice Weekend: Motown With a Twist on Friday, July 22, and Jackie Evancho with the Ocean City Pops on Sunday, July 23.

ACME returns as a presenting sponsor for 2022 Night in Venice.

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Source: Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce